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The magazine of Betterhomes

LOCAL HOME

Get lost in Olivia Corsi's vibrant home in The Lakes

WORK FROM HOME

How to create a productive office space at home

Why the

SIXTIES ARE BACK

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WAYS TO FIVE-STAR BEDROOM COMFORT

FAMILY LIVING

The

Spaces designed with quality time in mind

real deal Founder of Betterhomes, Linda Mahoney, on her latest venture and empowering women for success


Welcome to the issue If the last six months have given us anything, it’s a new found appreciation for the sanctity of home. And with many of us still hunkering down, comfort has never been more important. That’s why in this issue we’re redesigning our living spaces with quality family time in mind (page 10) and giving our bedroom a resort-style makeover (page 26). Children’s boutique owner Olivia Corsi offers up some dreamy inspiration as we look around her Lakes villa (page 30). Plus, for those who are on the market for a new home all together, we find out why Linda’s Real Estate should be your new go-to (page 42).

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Managing Director Victoria Thatcher Chief Creative Officer John Thatcher General Manager David Wade Content & Social Editor Hayley Kadrou Content Writer Sophia Dyer sophia@hotmedia.me Art Director Kerri Bennett Digital Media Manager Muthu Kumar To contact any of the above people, email firstname@hotmedia.me

CONTENTS SHOP

All the latest news and updates, including this issue’s low-down of dreamy kitchen and bathroom inspiration.

bring the resort feeling home; autumnal homeware trends, inside Caramel and Sun boutique owner’s quirky family home; Lan Stanely’s tropical garden in The Meadows; and we hear the inspiring story behind Linda’s Real Estate from Linda Mahoney

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INSPIRE

How to design spaces with family living in mind; advice on creating the perfect home office; why we’re all about sixties style interiors; 10 ways to

MOVE

Our expert agents introduce you to their best family properties on the market. Plus, reasons to move to The Villa.

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This issue’s

Pinboard

Glass Cylind Hurricane Green Gold palm, Dhs156

Our round-up of the latest in homewares news and interiors trends

Monkey in Ant Gold Resin, Dhs275

TROPICAL TOUCHES

WHILE WE MIGHT NOT HAVE HAD OUR TROPICAL FIX THIS YEAR, OUR HOMES STILL CAN. BECAUSE AS FAR AS WE’RE CONCERNED, PALM LEAVES ARE THE NEW DITSY FLORALS WHEN IT COMES TO MAKING A PRINT STATEMENT. WE’RE LOVING THESE PIECES FROM CHATTELS AND MORE THAT EXUDE A JUNGLE VIBE.

Golden peacock on a pillar, Dhs307

Decorative marble ball, Dhs119

Two ladies with hats, Dhs362

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trending | UPDATES

BUY NOW, PAY LATER

OFF-THE-WALL

In the mood for a spot of retail therapy before pay-day? Tabby lets you enjoy payment flexibility with no interest. The app allows you to shop some great homeware and lifestyle brands, like Wood Culture and Helmii, and gives you the option to defer payments or to pay in multiple instalments. tabby.ai

ON OUR RADAR THIS MONTH IS DUBAI-BASED PHOTOGRAPHER MARIA RIZZOTTO, WHO IS ON A MISSION TO BRING NEW LIFE TO OUR WALLS. AWARE ART CONCEPT (@AWAREARTCONCEPT) IS A COLLECTION OF MARIA’S PHOTOGRAPHS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, ALONG WITH SOME LIMITED EDITION ART PRINTS. AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC, THEY CAN CREATE CUSTOM PIECES WHERE YOU’RE ABLE TO SELECT THE IMAGE, SIZE, AND FRAME FINISHING TO YOUR TASTES. AWAREARTCONCEPT.COM

CREATURE COMFORTS Combining luxurious cotton and silk, the Harf Noon Small Bee Print Jug, Dhs55 Bed Throws and Shams Collection offer a lavish solution to stylish bedding. Collaborating with Knot Home for her second collection, Nisrine Moghraby went for a classic look when she selected a dreamy palette of golden yellow, powder blue and off white for her bedsets. knothome.com

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Kitchen news

The latest updates for the heart of your home

ISLAND IN THE SUN A kitchen design feat, Wood Culture’s latest bespoke project has left us rethinking mundane countertop design. Known for their Epoxy Resin tables, the homegrown brand collaborated with local artist Chandi to craft this unique resin kitchen island in the image of a beach. After a client asked for a piece that would nature into their home, the duo crafted this island in five weeks. To begin with, Chandni painted the Bora Bora-inspired beach scene, and once complete, layers of resin were layered on top in synchronising colours with the paint. Jacob George, founder of Wood Culture said, ‘This is the first resin kitchen island Wood Culture has fashioned at this scale; however, we aim to produce more commissions for this collection for other clients with resin artists in the future. We love to work with local talent in the region and can’t wait to continue these sort of collaborations as our business grows.” Inspired by travel and rustic style, Wood Culture is known for its unique, handcrafted designs. Combining exotic wood with modern resin, we think the brand is changing the landscape for worktop design. woodculture.ae

PRECISION COOKING Teka’s newest induction hob, The SlideCook, uses the latest technology to heat various sections of the flat surface at different temperatures. Meaning that while you’re cooking, you are able to slide pots up and down to the perfect spot depending on your cooking needs. Plus, shortcut functions make getting the perfect heat setting for your recipe is easier than ever. teka.com/en-ae/

Counters taking stage Pushing the boundaries for kitchen style, Dekton by Cosentino 2020 unveils its newest, and luxuriously daring textures. The Avant-Garde series includes three exclusive and premium colours; Laurent, Helena and Khalo (pictured). Each inspired by natural stone, the counters boast spectacular shine and top-of-therange durabality. cosentino.com/en-ae/

BACK TO SCHOOL With school meals off the table for now, prepare lunch in style for your little ones with one of these practical, yet cute lunchboxes

Thomas the Tank Engine lunchbox, Dhs110, Marks and Spencer

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Eco lunchbox three-inone spoons, Dhs159, Eggs & Soldiers

Bento Lunchbox, Dhs147, Citron


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Bathroom news

Sinks, bath tubs and everything in between…

VANITY FAIR Casa Milano have dreamed up a vintage-to-modern bathroom aesthetic with their new Mercury premium single oak vanity. Coming with the basin, counter-top, mirror and cabinet, the set has the power to transform any bathroom from simple, to design showstopper casamilanoitaly.com

FABULOUS FAUCETS If you’re looking to up your tap game, the pieces from the Ideal Standard Atelier Collection should stand as a noteworthy candidates. The Joy has a versatile simplicity that lends itself well to a number of bathroom designs and basin shapes. Where as the Conca’s sleek flat lines and a slim design, makes it perfect for achieving a modernminimalist look. idealstandardgulf.com

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BATHROOM GOALS

We’re taking serious style notes from this bathroom in La Réserve Eden au Lac in Zurich. And fitted by AXOR and Hansgrohe, it’s not totally unattainable. hansgrohe-group.com


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Our house

For many of us there comes a time in our life where we say goodbye to the late nights and takeaways of our bachelor days and say hello to bedtime stories and packed lunches. But how do you design a home that’s ideal for bringing up a brood? Local interior stylists share their advice when redesigning spaces for everyday domestic bliss – because a happy home is a happy life 10 | bhomes.com


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The living room

Natalia Contova, of Mizanna Designs (@mizannadesigns), talks us through styling a living room you’ll want to spend quality time in

Images on this page: Styled: Mizanna Designs. Photography: Anya Photography (@_anyaphotograhy_)

Practicality should be high on your agenda when it comes to choosing furniture. If you have a toddler or are planning to have kids, reduce stress levels by selecting pieces with rounded edges. With older kids or large a family, additional seating such as floor poufs are useful should the size of the room allow it.

To begin, think about how you would like to socialise as a family. Once you work out how you would like to spend time in the room you can plan your furniture accordingly. Is a big sofa important to cosy up on for home movie nights? Or, perhaps you’ll need a big coffee table to play board games on? And maybe you should be investing in a cosy armchair where mum can curl up with her cup of tea after a long day? Asking these questions will help you select items that suit your lifestyle. Comfort and practicality should be the MO for fabric selection. When choosing your sofa, don’t fall in love with something that looks amazing but will require constant cleaning – especially when you’ve got little children or pets. Instead,

opt for fabrics and finishes that are easy to maintain. If your heart is set on a light toned sofa, I suggest choosing one in velvet as it will have a longer life than other fabrics and it’s much easier to clean. If you’re after an everyday boho style, try matching velvet with linens, wood and rattan for a fashionable natural look. Make it personal to your family. Every family has its own story to tell and memories to showcase, the walls are a good place to do this. You can create a gallery wall featuring your favourite photographs and children’s artwork or, perhaps you’ll want to hang your beloved vinyl collection – whatever sparks a smile is right for you.

Accessories turn a house into a home. A room is not complete without decorative accessories, wall art, soft furnishings and greenery. Adding touches to the space that speak to you is a good way to do this. One of my favourite ways to display the decorations is via an open-shelving unit or bookcase. A very simple set of shelves can easily can turn into a focal point when styled properly.

ARABSEQUE ACCENTS For a UAE style touch

Jewellery box, Dhs400 Eid Moon Small, Casa Lusso Dhs300 Casa Lusso

Mother of Pearl Mabakhar, Dhs3,570, AYA Tarateesh Cake Stand, Dhs267, Silsal

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Linda Dekkers’ kitchen from Live Loud Girl

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The kitchen

The kitchen often becomes the hub of a family home - we spend a lot of time in there, cooking meals and finding snack solutions for our ever-hungry children. Linda Dekkers, interior stylist at Live Loud Girl (@liveloudgirl), tells us how to design a space that allows for after school chats and home cooked meals

POTS IN A ROW If you’ve got lots of people in and out of the kitchen, clear organisation is key. Celia Vrank, from the Savvy Space (@thesavvyspace), shares her tips for implementing a system that works.

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Create 3 primary work zones; for prepping, cooking and cleaning, then store related items within that zone. For example, in the prep space, everything needed to chop or mix should be reachable within a step or two and without disturbing the cook zone. This will keep movement more fluid and it will feel less like a game of bumper cars when preparing meals.

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Putting your personal style into doesn’t have to be expensive. Changing cabinets can alter the whole look for example. IKEA offers many affordable cabinet options, which I recommended pairing with doors and handles from somewhere like Fronteriors. Keep your countertops clutter free. Having enough storage for appliances and utensils is a key element in ensuring your worktops are empty of clutter. Using pots and crates can add to the design of the room while helping with organisation. An island makes for a social feature in the kitchen. A central worktop allows you to prepare a meal without turning your back to anyone. Besides this, it’s a perfect way to get some extra

storage and countertop space. For me, having an island makes the kitchen more of a living space, rather than just somewhere to cook – as a family, we start and end our day sat on stools here. For a clean and minimal look opt for light colours. Grey and white marble floor is a cool combination for the hot climate. Handless cabinets are a modern choice that make the room look ultra-sleek and organised. Having great lighting is important. Installing a variety of lighting options for different situations is a luxury. Use your natural light as much as possible or bright white light for when you’re following a recipe with your kids, while warmer toned lights from pendants are nice for sitting around the island for a casual dinner.

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Kids’ dishes often come in a variety of shapes and sizes that don’t stack or nest well, so storing them on a dish rack in the cupboard will keep them tidy and easy to access.

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Use turntables to take advantage of deep cabinets and keep groups of related items easily visible. These are especially great for ensuring small containers don’t get lost in the crowd.

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Label, label, label! Nothing is off limits or too obvious when it comes to labelling. Be specific and avoid vague terms such as ‘miscellaneous’ to ensure the whole family can help to keep things in order.

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The bedroom

We all remember our childhood bedroom, so designing one that will be looked back on fondly is a nice idea. Kristine Georgakopoulos, interior designer at Eclectic Living (@eclectic.living), shares her tips on creating a room that balances rest and play

Start by ensuring the room has longevity. Do this by investing in a good quality bed that will last and grow with your child. Then choose decorative pieces that are easily installed and replaced when needed – removable wallpaper, mobiles and murals are all good choices. I recommend staying away from themes or characters that will date quickly. Be playful with colour, pattern and print. Create a youthful feel by going bold on the bedding, window treatments, soft furnishings and rugs. You can also add interesting details with wall murals, wallpaper and artwork. Use your child’s favourite toys as decorative items. As they are often colourful and reflective of their interests, well-loved toys do well as room-enhancing items. I like to mount child-height wire baskets on the wall, to create more floor space for play time.

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Theo Animal Adventure Printed wall shelves, Dhs55, Home Centre

Layer the lighting in the room. Use statement ceiling lights to light up the room; softer lighting for bedtime stories; night-lights for comfort; and fairy lights for a magical touch.

Charlie Crane Levo Rocker, Dhs935, Eggs & Soldiers

Let the kids have a say. You’ll want to design a space that’s unique to your child, one that reflects their personalities, interests and likes. So, allow them to be creative and to express their own personality by asking them to help you choose the furnishings and colours in their bedroom. Invest in good quality storage. Children play with toys for at least a decade, so spending on good quality storage is a good idea. Once they become teenagers the storage can be used to store clothes, books and gadgets.

Pink Unicorn Wall Art by Sweet Pea, Dhs75, Saffron Souk

SWOT UP

Styled: Good Mood DXB, Photography: Anya Photography

Images: Eclectic Living

With the option for distance learning remaining in the new term, Idil Koseoglu, from GoodMoodDXB (@goodmooddxb), spells out the rules for a study station that’s motivating and fun.

Just because it’s designed for studying, doesn’t mean the space has to be boring. Creating a study area with bright colors and patterns automatically makes the thought of homework more attractive. When choosing storage solutions, opt for a combination of open and closed storage. This allows kids easy access to books on their shelves, while the closed drawers keep the room tidy. If you can, creating a space between the bed and desk is a good way to separate rest from work. If space allows, do this with a room divider, or with the use of different coloured paint.

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A return to nature

Inspired by the Prairie School of design this fall, we’re creating a symphony between our homes and the natural world

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s the cooler winds of autumn drift in, and our minds turn to thoughts of cosying up inside, we’re marking the season anew with a move closer to nature. And helping us bring harmony between the outside-in, is Crate and Barrel’s Modern Prairie collection that marries traditional artistry with modern craft. The range was inspired by the builds of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright,

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who designed Prairie style homes that complemented the land around them. In line with Wright’s design manifesto, each piece in the Modern Prairie collection intends to bring connection to the earth through its materials and colour, all the while being grounded in modern interior design. Crafted using time-tested materials such as cane, wood, and leather, the furniture and accessories are traditionally wellmade. Featuring heavily in the collection


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How to style the modern prairie look Layer materials. A good way to bring warmth into a space is to mix the materials you use. Do this by adding throw pillows in different soft fabrics and patterns, we’re loving gingham this season. While in the bedroom, try layering crisp cotton on earthy rattan for a cosy feel.

is woven rattan – also known as caning. The long-standing technique has been reimagined for the modern home, drawing inspiration from the equilibrium of Japanese style. With the spaces between the material allowing light to filter through, the use of rattan creates an airy feel that’s desirable for modernistic simple living. As a brand, Crate and Barrel are known for placing high value on sustainably sourced materials. Where possible they use green materials, such as Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) wood, soy-based cushions, nontoxic glue and water-based stains.

This means that the range’s harmony with nature, goes beyond just looks. Furthering the collection’s affinity with the environment is the earthy toned colour palette from which it is crafted. Hues of ochre, amber and russet bring a warmth to homes that is found in nature’s autumnal flush. Encouraging you to play with texture, there’s a mix of modern matte velvet, yarn-dyed cotton and interesting pattern to experiment with. The collection is available now at Crate and Barrel’s Dubai stores in Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Mirdif, The Dubai Mall and online at crateandbarrel.me

Pair traditional with modern. Part of the Prairie appeal is the juxtaposition of old against new. A well made piece of furniture goes a long way in establishing a traditional look. And even if you’re not able to source some authentic antiques, you can achieve the look with one of Crate’s Midcentury style vases. Go for fall inspired hues. In your soft furnishings and accessories, embrace an array of autumnal tones and wood shades. In the kitchen and dining room, dark wood tones bring a comforting fall feel. When accessorising, opt for burnished shades of brass, amber and bronze to bring a seasonal glow.

AUTUMNAL ACCESSORIES

Reims Stripe Pillow Cover, Dhs175, Crate and Barrel; Brayton Small Metal Hurricane, Dhs55, Crate and Barrel; Poe Large Amber Glass Vase, Dhs209, Crate and Barrel

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ASK THE EXPERT

How do I create an office space that makes working from home more productive? Interior stylist Krisann D (@krissyd.stylist) shares her tips for creating a dedicated work station at home There’s no need to assign one room to being a sole office. Creating an office space that you can concentrate in has become a necessity, and the good news is you don’t need much room to make it work. All you need is a few square feet in room that you’re currently not utilising. Your office space should leave you feeling inspired and focused. It’s true what they say – a decluttered desk is a less cluttered mind! When choosing the right spot to set up, make sure you’re selecting a room or a corner that’s quiet, free of distractions, and distinct enough from the rest of your home so you can step back when you stop working for the day. Research says natural light is key for productivity levels, making the location of windows important when choosing your desk space. If it’s not possible to be right beside one, you can use mirrors to play around with light. I suggest placing a small mirror to the side of your desk and you’ll benefit from refraction without being distracted by your reflection. Colour can be inspiring or demotivating, so pick wisely. Starring at a white wall allday can feel demoralising, and while it might suffice in office buildings, at home you can play around with colour to see what feels best for you. Green is known for its focus-enhancing properties and yellow is always a safe bet when creating an uplifting space. I’ve recently designed an office with a black wall, adding

colourful pops of art which can be a fun way to brighten the feel of a room. For your desk – strike a balance between good looks and practicality. Although a minimalist style desk may look fancy, it can be unconducive to work when your papers begin to mount up. Instead, opt for one that’s suited to your daily tasks. I look for long desks with ample storage beneath. Ensure your chair passes the ‘just-right’ challenge. You don’t want to be so relaxed that it’s hard to concentrate, neither too uncomfortable that sitting at the desk seems like a chore. Find a chair that works for you and your posture by testing them out in the shop before you buy. Organisation doesn’t have to mean bulky filing cabinets. Go Marie Kondo on your papers and find a system that works for you. I like to buy the transparent organisers and fill them with colourful folders to create a fun pop. Also, purchasing some wire management tools are a good idea for keeping the desktop organised. Keep it personal. Allow your workspace to tell your story with little touches of what inspires you and uplifts your mood. If you like to display pictures, try hanging them on the wall to free up space on your desktop. I also always recommend adding plants to the surrounding area.

Green is known for its focus-enhancing properties and yellow is a safe bet for an uplifting space

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Going groovy

Colour your home happy with a throwback to the décor trends of the 1960s

Events this year have seen many of us yearn for the comfort of times gone by. Which is why homeware trends from the ‘60s are increasingly in vogue - mid-century inspired furniture pieces becoming common design choices. Going for this look means rebelling against keeping it simple and, instead, being bold – think ditsy florals and funky prints. The overall look is playful, and when juxtaposed with modern finishings it’s a quirky way to make a statement. Interior designer, Anna Bier of AB Design (@annabierdesign), explains how to bring the Good Vibrations into your 21st century home.

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ALL THINGS BRIGHT “At the start of the decade, the colours in most ‘60s homes were inspired by nature, with avocado green, orange and yellow being very popular,” explains Anna. “But as the appetite for rebellion increased, there was a surge in the use of vibrant hues. When bringing these tones into a modern space, I suggest you opt for earthy colours as your base – magnolia is particularly trendy - and ramp up the atmosphere with vibrant accessories.”

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FLOWER POWER The hippie movement meant that, “Floral motifs became the pattern of the time, flourishing on everything from upholstery to drapes.” If you’re looking for a way to bring some fun into your home, “Don’t be afraid to go brave with geometric patterns, paisley and florals prints on your upholstery.” NATURAL WOOD “When going retro, natural wood is the leading material. Showcasing it in its original state is key, so you’ll want to invest in pieces that show off the raw beauty of grains,” says Anna. “Most furniture of the time was positioned low to the ground for comfort, so an easy way to bring a hint of the era into your home is by investing in a comfy sofa with wooden peg legs.” SHAG RUGS A defining accessory of the time was the shag rug. “The high pile rug was usually seen atop some original parquet flooring, but here they work just as well on top of tiles as a subtle nod to the trend. Go simple with a solid colour or choose a well-balanced geometric pattern for a boosted look.” MAKE IT POP “One of my favourite ways to work this look is by incorporating pop art and posters from the era of social progress. Lively prints add an extra charm to any room and can be easily sourced from Amazon.” STYLE REVOLUTION Incorporating this trend into a modern home is all about the styling. “A statement teak console or bookshelf with a lavish floral display placed on top, and a poster featuring abstract art hanging on the wall, hits the nail on the head,” says Anna.

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trend | INSPIRATION

All images by John Lewis & Partners, johnlewis.com

TIP “Those wanting to go subtle can do so by adding a decorative glass vase or some colourful artisan pottery. West Elm is my favourite place to shop for these final stylish touches.�

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A safe space

Hygienic solutions for a world where cleanliness is key

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s we adapt to the ‘new normal’ and assume responsibility for stringent hygiene measures, RAK Ceramics has launched its RAK-Sanit which is set to revolutionise sanitation. A pioneer for health and safety technology, RAK Ceramics were the first in the world to supply antibacterial interior design solutions back in 2009 with their certified sterile glazes. Today, the RAK-Sanit programme offers a wide range of solutions for floors, surfaces and sanitary fittings created with permanent bactericide finishings that reduce the possibility of contagion. The range includes flooring, surfaces, sinks, WCs, bidets, toilet seats and rinsing systems which each have built-in protection against the

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growth of micro-organisms that lasts throughout the products lifetime. Each of the sanitary ware solutions are treated with the RAKProTeK glaze which is fired at high temperatures onto the ceramic to guarantee a smoother antibacterial surface, unlike standard ceramic material with its rougher surface. When installing a product from the range you can expect 24-hour protection against 99.99% of bacteria including MRSA, E. Coli, Salmonella and Legionella. With safety as a paramount in public places, the range is ideal for community spaces such as offices, restaurants and schools. But with many of us growing increasingly vigilant in our homes, the RAK-Sanit products provide peace of mind where you need it most. Find out more at rakceramics.com

Public bathroom using RAK-Sanit

WORK & PLAY RAK-Sanit is a modern solution for ensuring long lasting hygiene in our public places.

RAK-Sanit office surfaces

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INVEST IN A TOPPER FOR YOUR MATTRESS. COMING IN A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT MATERIALS, SUCH AS FEATHER DOWN OR MEMORY FOAM, THIS LITTLE LUXURY WILL HELP LULL YOU INTO A DEEP SLEEP AND PROTECT YOUR MATTRESS FOR YEARS TO COME.

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FOR SOME CALMING POPS OF COLOUR, ADD A LUXE FLUFFY THROW OR BLANKET WITH MATCHING ACCENT CUSHIONS IN A CALMING BLUSH OR PALE BLUE.


Do not disturb

Kym Jackson Shen, interior stylist at Haute BohĂŠme (hauteboheme.ae) shares her tips for creating a resort style bedroom with 5-star comforts that will leave you well rested

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If you are looking to create a peaceful retreat, a neutral color palette is desirable. T hink crisp white or creamy whites, pale beige and grey. Make sure that your walls, linens, upholstery and window dressings compliment one another.

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OPT FOR QUALITY LINENS. PICK BEDSHEETS WITH A HIGH THREAD COUNT THAT FEEL SOFT TO TOUCH. YOU CAN’T GO WRONG WHEN INVESTING IN HIGH-QUALITY CRISP COTTON.

M&S Honeycomb Texture Cotton Bedding Set, Dhs275

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Floral accents or fresh flowers add a resort feel and a personal touch. If fresh flowers sound too costly, invest in a luxe bouquet of faux flowers for a low maintenance solution. Pink faux orchids in a small ceramic planter, Dhs1,030 Maison des Fleurs

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FOR A RESTED NIGHT’S SLEEP AND HOTEL STYLE AROMA, ADD A FEW LIGHT SPRAYS OF ESSENTIAL OILS ONTO YOUR SOFT FURNISHINGS, OR BURN THEM IN A DIFFUSER.

Calm Me Blend, Dhs25 each, Purple Swan available at Saffron Soukco.uk


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Lamps are important for relaxing mood lighting in the evenings.

INVEST IN SOME SCENTED CANDLES TO CREATE AN ATMOSPHERE. TYPICALLY, THOSE WITH AROMATHERAPY OILS, SUCH AS LAVENDER OR ROSE, HAVE A LONG BEAUTIFUL BURN.

Gingerlily Candle, Dhs199, Molton Brown at Namshi

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ADDING A FLOOR GARNISH SUCH AS A SOFT RUG IS ALWAYS A COMFORTING ADDITION FOR YOUR FEET – ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A HARD FLOOR.

Armadillo & Co, Dandelion in Natural, Dhs2,800, TRIBE

Pinch Carafe, Dhs95, Crate & Barrel

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At home with | INSPIRATION

Caramel and Sun boutique owner, Olivia Corsi shows us around her joyful family home in The Lakes

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f, Goldilocks-like, you happened to stumble upon this four-bedroom house in The Lakes you’d assume the creative mind behind it to be not too serious, plenty of fun, and finessed with just the right amount of style. Much like her vivacious personality, the inside of Olivia Corsi’s home blends carefree holiday living with Parisian chic. The bright living space features several quirky pieces and a notable homage to palm trees, a fondness which extends to Olivia herself – the mum to Stella (6) and Romy (5) – who is decorated with a solitary palm tree tattoo. “I’ve always been creative,” she explains, “Although I’m not an interior designer by trade, I have a big passion for home décor.” French-born Olivia moved to Dubai 13 years ago with her Greek husband, Chris. When she fell pregnant in 2013, the couple moved from JBR into this five-bedroom villa in The Lakes so they would have space to raise a family. Olivia’s previous urban-city style was modified to resonate with their new suburban home, “My taste is always the same, but I like to adapt to the environment I’m in,” says Olivia. “Our apartment was done in a city style, but when we moved to this villa we wanted to recreate a holiday feeling, with light wood and blue tones. So, in terms of the colour palette, I went soft and subtle for that Greek island vibe.” The white flooring plays an integral part of achieving the look and is less expensive than it looks. “Because we are renting I have found low budget ways to create impact – the whitewash floorboards came from Dragon Mart.” An amalgamation of the couple’s nationalities, Grecian décor is met with subtle tones of Olivia’s Parisian roots. Throughout the home there are select pieces of furniture imported from France and a noticeable dedication to Maison Sarah Lavoine. “As an expat I think you can create a beautiful space with some creativity and time,” she explains. “If you mix your own pieces with something a little more expensive and the essentials from IKEA, you can come up with something not too expensive but interesting.” bhomes.com | 31


HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS “Over the past six months I’ve enjoyed spending time in my house. I would never complain about being stuck at home, as we’re lucky to live in such a beautiful home,” reflects Olivia. “I really love the light we get here.” Reflecting on the design of her interiors, she says, “You don’t need to have expensive things to feel good, it’s about creating a place you feel good in.”

SPACE TO ENTERTAIN “I am French and my husband’s Greek, so we love food and we love to share,” says Olivia. “So aside from during a global health pandemic there are always people over at our home.” For this reason, “Having a long table that can fit lots of people around it was important.” For a family that often hosts guests, the space lends itself well to inside-outside social gatherings.

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“I BOUGHT THESE CANDLESTICKS AT A FLEA MARKET IN FLORENCE”

OLIVIA USES A COMBINATION OF QUIRKY DECOR ITEMS TO CREATE A FUN LOOK

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I GOT IT FROM MY MAMA Olivia set up Caramel and Sun (caramelandsun.com) five years ago, “I’d just had my second daughter, Romy, and saw a gap in the market for funky kids’ furniture and cool accessories,” she recalls. The boutique brand has a shop in Mercarto Mall, along with an online site that sells furniture, toys and offers an in-house interior design service. Stella and Romy benefit from their mum’s day job as their rooms have been crafted as dreamy spaces to play and sleep in. “The tepee bed, light shades and wallpaper all come from my shop but there’s also a mix of IKEA in there – and I am not ashamed to say that!” Olivia laughs.

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DRIED PLANTS AND FLOWERS ARE A SUSTAINABLE WAY TO DECORATE AS THEY BIODEGRADE

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A CAREFUL SELECTION OF COLOURS MEAN THE BEDROOM HAS A NATURALLY RELAXING ATMOSPHERE

AND SO, TO BED A slight move away from the Greek resort feeling of downstairs, “I wanted to create something French but also tribal,” says Olivia. The space feels instantly calming, whilst maintaining her playful undertone. “I kept it very neutral,” says Olivia, “the wallpaper has a muted palm tree print on it.” Similar to the downstairs, it is the combination of pieces that create the interesting look. “The chair was my dad’s that I refurbished with African wax fabric, while the rug is Moroccan style.” In the bedroom, “It’s just important that everything is light and comfy.”

In the bedroom, I wanted to create something French but also tribal

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ADD A MODERNPOP LIKE THIS PINEAPPLE GLASS FROM KARE FOR A PLAYFUL TAKE ON FAMILY LIVING

GET THE LOOK Kids arm chair white, Dhs185, Caramel and Sun

Swish light shade Dhs490-890, Tribe

NOT ONLY DO THESE LOOK GOOD, THEY’LL MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD AS THEY’RE ETHICALLY MADE

Swarm of Flamingos, Dhs7,874, KARE

Pineapple with straw nicke 21H, Dhs133, KARE

Shaker cushion, Dhs129, AURA Home

Metal car, Dhs719, Caramel and Sun

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garden | INSPIRATION

Tropical retreat How this garden in The Meadows provides the perfect backdrop for ‘me time’

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“M

y garden is a place for me to reflect,” says artist and socialite Lan Stanley through a candid smile. With her dress purposefully matching the tropical tones of her outdoor space, there’s no denying Lan’s appetite for fashion. But as she reclines in the shade of her gazebo, you’re able to catch a glimpse of her unfiltered, relaxed self. The garden itself spans a large area with a bright blue swimming pool taking centre stage. The supporting act of the show? A huge, vibrantly coloured, bougainvillea bush that contrasts with the tiles beneath the water. Offset to the right, a gazebo adds a holiday feel to the space and its shelter provides the perfect antidote to the hot sun. Having bought the four-bedroom house with her husband eight years ago, it was important for the mum-ofone to have a garden that the family could unwind in. “I wanted to create as much open space as possible,” Lan explains, “There was a waterfall and sculpture when we moved in, but I removed those and planted more trees. The walls were a brown colour, so I painted them in this crisp white colour

myself – it took ages!” she laughs, “but it was worth it in the end.” A dab hand with a paint brush, the Vietnameseborn, professional artist (lan-art.com) studied fine art in Hanoy before moving to New York, London, and finally Dubai, showcasing her art as she went. Lan tells me she painted the lilac painting of a woman (titled Book Memory) whilst in New York. “When I moved to America I couldn’t read as I did in Vietnam as I don’t read English well. So, the painting was to remind myself of my love of books and how I grew up reading,” she explains. “Most of my paintings are about people,” says Lan, “How they socialise together and all their behaviours – the good and the bad. Having the time and space to reflect is important for my artwork.” It’s clear to see how her simple, yet distinctly tropical feeling garden lends itself well to alfresco unwinding. Along with a host of solar powered lanterns dotted among the bougainvillea, there’s also a solar speaker playing soft classical music. “I mostly spend time in the garden in the evening when it has cooled off,” she explains. “I love to listen to relaxing music by the pool. My cat

I love to listen to relaxing music by the pool. My cat usually joins me as I sit and enjoy the peace

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usually joins me as I sit and enjoy the peace. Although I go to a lot of parties, I am actually a very private person. I like my own space to be peaceful.” Palm trees that line the edges of the space afford Lan her desired privacy. “I love my date tree as it attracts a lot of bird life,” Lan enthuses. “We get lots of fruit from it too, so I like to give some away to friends and neighbours.” Growing up in Vietnam, being surrounded by nature has always been important to her. “I had to fill it (the garden) with a lot of greenery as I love nature.” The green space been a welcome slice of paradise for Lan and husband over the last six months. “It’s been nice to sit back and reflect on what truly matters,” she tells me, sipping on a glass of lemon juice. And with a garden to sit in that feels akin to being in a five-star tropical retreat, it’s clear to see just why Lan looks so very relaxed.


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Chapter two

How the launch of Linda’s continues the story of Linda Mahoney’s reshaping of Dubai’s real estate market, one empowered woman at a time

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n 1986 – long before the Burj Khalifa or Burj al Arab – single mum Linda Mahoney founded Betterhomes from her dining room table, shaping Dubai’s infantile property market through her sheer will and determination to succeed. Throughout the years, the company has gone from strength to strength, taking it from a five-person start-up business to real-estate empire in the region. More than three decades on, the Betterhomes Group will launch Linda’s, their latest real-estate venture – named after the woman who started it all – which is set to revolutionise brokerage once again. A community-based agency, it will be run by mums, for mums, with an emphasis on flexibility and family-living. We caught up with Linda Mahoney, and director of Linda’s, Noa Wardman, to hear the full story… Linda, can you please tell us about your story in Dubai real estate?

My story in real estate started in 1986 when, as a mother of two, I founded Betterhomes. I had been working for a short time in my friend’s real estate company and I enjoyed making a positive impact on the lives of people moving to Dubai. Most people landed with limited knowledge of the place and a lot of anxiety about what to expect, and I loved helping them settle in. The great feedback I received helped me decide that this was something I wanted to build a serious career in. The year I established Betterhomes was the year the oil price crashed. Prices fell 75% over a three-week period and many people thought I was mad: ‘Didn’t I know Dubai was over?’ But, undeterred, I saw the opportunity in the chaos and was confident Dubai had a bright future. It was my opportunity to prove to myself that I could build a business and become independent, even if the timing was terrible and the odds were against us to succeed.

Over the next five years I didn’t take a weekend off or leave Dubai for a vacation. All I did was work. It was relentless, but I was absolutely focused on building a business, paying my bills and getting Betterhomes to a position of stability. I always felt that one of the key factors in our subsequent success was our culture of outworking our competitors and the fact that we were always focused on the long term. I had no special political connection, no financing, and no portfolio from a sponsor. My team and I loved the fact that we could win against the odds and it created a contagious fighting spirit in the office that gave us a distinct advantage. Now, almost 35 years since setting up Betterhomes in my dining room in Jumeirah, it gives me great satisfaction to see what we have become. We are always evolving, continually revitalising, and continuing to lead our marketplace while maintaining the values that I started with. We have survived regional wars, global financial crises, bhomes.com | 43


and relentless competition. Even after all this time when I go into the office it has the same energy and optimism that we had as a five person start up, and that is a true achievement. How did the idea for Linda’s come about? Many working mums in Dubai still struggle to find an environment that offers great career opportunities and the flexibility that their family life requires. So, I recently teamed up with Noa Wardman, who is one of Dubai’s most accomplished brokers and a strong, dynamic mother of two to set up Linda’s Real Estate. Strong women and mothers are the bedrock of any society and they are also some of the most capable brokers in the world. Linda’s will provide the kind of environment in which working mothers (and working fathers) thrive, and will work closely with Betterhomes while remaining an independent company. I’m proud and delighted to be able to support my fellow women in real estate. For interested agents, how does Linda’s offering differ to that of Betterhomes? Betterhomes remains a fantastic environment for women and working parents with strong female leadership throughout the organisation - you can follow their success and achievements throughout all our media. The main difference is that the Linda’s team will be employing more remote-working practices, which offer the greater degree of flexibility that some parents prefer. Other parents prefer the more structured environment and larger team dynamic that they find in Betterhomes. The key is we are able to offer great candidates a choice of environments within the group. What makes Noa right for the role of director? The idea of launching Linda’s was conceived about 18 months ago, but we knew the key to its success was finding someone who could carry the strength of the brand and the concept, someone who has a proven record of balancing work and family. Having watched Noa through the years, we knew we had found that person. Noa is a great

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believer in empowering women and parents to fulfill their maximum potential and has a proven track record in mastering the work-family balance as a mother and a successful broker for over 12 years. Noa has won many awards and has twice been named Broker of the Year. She is known as the go-to broker for Arabian Ranches and she definitely means business.

Strong women and mothers are the bedrock of society and some of the most capable brokers in the world


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oa Wardman has been a well-known figure within Dubai’s real estate market for the last 12 years. As a testament to her passion and skill for selling homes, she has won multiple accolades for her property sales throughout her career.

Photography: Muthu Kumar

Noa, can you tell us why you decided to join Linda’s Real Estate? I have always had great respect and admiration for Linda, a woman who started a small company and transformed it to what it is today the best brokerage in the UAE. I arrived in Dubai in early 2000 and all I could hear was the name Betterhomes! So it has always been in the back of mind that perhaps one day we can build something together. When the concept of Linda’s was introduced to me it was clear it is a great fit and where I wanted to take my career. Linda Mahoney’s belief that great brokerage is all about building long term relationships in a community is one that I share, along with the same passion, drive, dedication, and tenacity that Linda brought to Betterhomes years ago.

Ranches, Victory Heights, Mira, Dubai Hills and the Palm, but we will be looking to expand our network across Dubai in the coming months. Are you still hiring for Linda’s? Absolutely. We have hired great brokers, experienced and inexperienced, and we are looking at people keen to fulfil their maximum potential and

achieve a great career in real estate. While the majority of the team are parents, that isn’t the case for all. Our most important aspect of the whole team is a collective drive and integrity. Linda’s soft launches this month, and if you want to hear more or want to join us, visit us at www.lindas.ae, call us on 800LINDAS, or follow us on Instagram at @wearelindasuae

We have pledged to deliver unrivaled experience to our clients, because we have first-hand knowledge

What are you hoping to offer that is missing in Dubai’s real estate market? I would start by our passion, drive and concept. But, above all, I will say it is our mission. We have pledged to deliver an unrivalled experience to our clients, because we have first-hand knowledge about our community. In simple terms, we are who our clients are. Linda’s is a community brokerage so all brokers will be living in the communities that they serve. That means we shop where you shop, we do the same school run as you do, we play golf at the same course as you do, our kids go to the same schools, our girls are at netball together, our boys are at rugby at the same time, and we are perfectly placed to advise you on your property move because we have done it too. Will you be specialising in specific types of properties or communities? Linda’s will initially be focusing on the villa communities of Arabian bhomes.com | 45


Before CREAMY COLOURS, ACCENTED WITH BLUSH PINK AND GOLD MAKE FOR UNDERSTATED ELEGANCE

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Understated elegance

How this living space in Jumeirah was given an upmarket style haul

Photographs by Larissa Gonçalves at Rècit Photography

W

hen upsizing to a home in Jumeirah 1, a local client contacted Anu Kewalram from Anu Kewalram Interiors (@akewalram) wanting a style overhaul from her previous home’s look. Wanting to flip the switch on the traditional dark-wood narrative that the family had used for the past decade, the client requested a bright space with limited clutter. With this as her brief, Anu knew that a backdrop of light colour and simple, yet elegant finishings were going to be key. “I chose to work with neutral tones with a blush pink accent, plus a mixture of metals and marble,” explains Anu. “I used lighter, creamier textures to give an illusion of an open, wider space, while luxurious suedes with practical linen sheers give a warmth to the family room.” The family which uses the room is made up of three generations, so it was important to Anu that the, “look was suitable for each of the age groups.” To achieve this, “All the furniture was carefully chosen for its balancing combination of clean straight lines and sophisticated curves,” says Anu. When selecting a patterned wallpaper for the hallways the client was slightly apprehensive, but the risk paid off as, “She couldn’t be happier with the choice of wallpaper,” says Anu. The final touches were used to add a flourish of style to the neutral room. “I added drama to the space with reflective surfaces such as glass, mirrors and metals,” says Anu. The naturally shiny surfaces create dimension as the light bounced between them. Then rugs and art pieces were added to “help draw the space together,” explains Anu, who opted for accessories in gold, cream and marble for the high-end finish the client wanted.

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Subtle hints of luxury

Anu Kewalram shares her top five tips for creating a space that feels both bright and sophisticated. GLASS SURFACES REFLECT LIGHT GIVING THE ILLUSION OF MORE SPACE

THE VERDICT “The clients were extremely impressed,” says Ellen. “They thought the property was perfect for their family – elegant and luxurious while remaining practical and innovative throughout.”

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1 Opt for window treatments light in colour as opposed to dark. Choose lighter fabrics with a bit of texture to create a bright and airy space. 2 Choose neutral tones for the sofa and add an accent color in different textures with throw cushions or blankets. It could be any colour of your choice. The best part about using mostly neutrals is that you can update the style of your room just by changing the accessories. 3 Keep the furniture to a minimum. A large 3-seater, a 2-seater, and a pair of armchairs work well in most living rooms. In smaller spaces I suggest using two 2-seaters or a single 3-seater. 4 The more luxurious the fabrics you use, the classier the space becomes. I like suede as it gives a room an opulent feel. 5 Using metal and glass can add interest to your design. Glass and mirrors have reflective properties and throw light around an area, which expands the space. Lustrous metals and other shiny surfaces add drama and definition. And when used in rounded forms (such as in circular tables and lamps) they soften the overall aesthetic.


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HOT

Three leading agents at Betterhomes give us an exclusive look at a selection of the best homes for sale in the neighbourhoods they know and love

PROPERTIES Meet the agents Alessandro de Cicco Dubai Marina “My clients would

describe me as hardworking, passionate, and very good at

understanding their

requirements. I always

provide a great customer service which is why I’m one of the top leasing

brokers at Betterhomes.”

Ali Ahmadian Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, Al Barsha, Al Wasl

“I grew up in the areas that

I now specialise in so I know them very well, plus I speak Arabic which is always

useful. Personally, I’m always helpful, hard-working and pride myself on my great time keeping skills.”

Hannah Bakshani

Green Community, Motor City, DIP

“Over the years working in Dubai I have built-up a

detailed knowledge of the property market. My breadth of experience means I know the systems inside-out, so my

transactions always go smoothly. I’m honest, reliable and I like to take an active role in finding my clients their dream homes.”

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My top picks in

Dubai Marina

For top of the market apartments in the ever-desirable Dubai Marina call me on 058 578 1767 EXCLUSIVE TO BETTERHOMES

AED380k yearly

RIMAL 5, JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE

If space is key, this huge terrace-style

apartment will speak to you. The master

has its own living room with Marina views, while the private pool looks over the sea. To find out more, call me quoting the

reference code BHM-R-9523 RERA Permit No. 0382699466

Bed: 4 Bath: 5 Parking: 2 Size: 6,261sqft

AED179k yearly

ORRA MARINA, DUBAI MARINA Situated on Marina Walk, this fully-

furnished 3-bedroom apartment offers ample space and stunning window

candy. The modern furniture gives it a glamorous hotel-to-home feel.

To find out more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-R-178111 RERA Permit No. 1527475537

Bed: 3 Bath: 4 Parking: 2 Size: 2,280sqft

The modern furniture gives it a glamorous hotelto-home feel

EXCLUSIVE TO BETTERHOMES

AED500k yearly

MURJAN 3, JUMEIRAH BEACH RESIDENCE With panoramic sea views, a private pool and high-end finishings, this is

luxury living defined. Plus, there’s 24-hour maintenance included in the rent price. To find out more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-R-28905 RERA

Permit No. 1249543696 Bed: 5 Bath: 5

Parking: 2 Size: 5,005sqft

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AED14 million

AL BARSHA 3, AL BARSHA

Modern finishings meet classic design in this huge villa in the heart of Al Barsha. One for the label lovers, it comes fully furnished with high-end pieces from

Robert Cavalli, Fendi and Roche Bobois. To find out more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-S-170347. RERA Permit No. 887093839

Bed: 5 Bath: 5 Parking: 4 Size: 15,000 sqft

My top picks in

Barsha & Umm Suqeim

To view these large abodes in two well-established neighbourhoods give me a call on 050 260 0004

AED15.75million

UMM AL SHEIF VILLAS, UMM SUQEIM

Close to several of Dubai’s best schools, this huge five-bed boasts views over

the Burj Al Arab and its own landscaped gardens. To find out more, call me

quoting the reference code BHM-S-172119. RERA Permit No. 0329237032 Bed: 5 Bath:

5 Parking: 2

Size: 15,000sqft

AED6.5 million

AL BARSHA 2, AL BARSHA

This lot comprises two large semi-

detached villas, each has four en-suite bedrooms and independent DEWA connections. The spacious rooms

and large garden mean this is a great investment opportunity, To find out

more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-S-173631 RERA Permit No.

6568694000 Bed: 4 Bath: 4 Parking: 4

Size: 15,000sqft

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My top picks in

Motor City

Let me help find your dream family home in this coveted community. Call me on 050 457 5535

AED7million

FAMILY VILLA, MOTOR CITY

This is one of the best family villas within Green Community in Motor City. It’s the largest plot within the cul-de-sac and

has been totally upgraded from floor to

ceiling. To find out more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-S-97568. RERA Permit No. 1399770266

Bed: 5 Bath: 5.5 Parking: 2 Size: 6,188sqft EXCLUSIVE TO BETTERHOMES

AED4.5 million

BUNGALOW AREA, MOTOR CITY

An L-shaped bungalow with a lovely open family room, formal dining area and

large kitchen, all four bedrooms are ensuite and open onto the green garden..

The maid’s and laundry room is outside the house with a separate entrance.

To find out more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-S-173379.

RERA Permit No. 0206753687 Bed: 4 Bath:

4.5 Parking: 2 Size: 4,367sqft

This is one of the best family villas within Motor City

AED2.95 million

FAMILY VILLAS, GREEN COMMUNITY

The drawcard for this villa is its lush

garden. While its spacious layout with

a huge kitchen, living area and formal

dining area makes it perfect for family

living. This home needs to be viewed to be appreciated in all its glory.

To find out more, call me quoting the reference code BHM-S-171827. RERA

Permit No. 2089158917 Bed: 5 Bath: 5.5

Parking: 2 Size: 5,900sqft

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THE PLACE TO MOVE TO

THE VILLA A serene community situated in Dubailand comprising of large Mediterranean-style homes

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD IN A NUTSHELL

This large development in Dubailand has an emphasis on well-groomed greenery and a slow-pace lifestyle. Within the gated complex there are children’s play areas, tennis courts and supermarkets, meaning residents can spend weekends relaxing away from the hustle and bustle

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of the city. That said, the neighbourhood is well connected via the Al Ain road, so in just 20-minutes you can be at the heart of the action.

THE COMMUNITIES

Comprised of three large circles on a map, The Villa is made up of four communities: Ponderosa, Aldea, Hacienda and Centro. Within each of these, groups of houses make up ‘courtyards’ which create a communal feel. The houses come in five styles each named after a place in Spain, with the smallest (the Cordoba) coming in at 5,109 square feet. The area attracts big families as each villa has at least four to seven-

bedrooms, with some custom builds housing even more.

SHOPS

Within the community you’ve got two mini-centres – one at either end of the complex – which each contain a large Spinney’s supermarket. Along with the convenience of picking up your groceries there’s also a pharmacy, coffee shop, salon and dry cleaners. And for dedicated style-mavens, the Dubai Outlet Mall is just a 10-minute drive away.

THINGS TO DO

Along with strolling or jogging through the green community, health-conscious

*For a five bedroom villa Statistics correct at the time of going to press

The Villa is peacefully situated on the outskirts of the city, which affords it the quiet luxury of suburban living – complete with perfectly kept shrubs. It’s a family-centric community that offers you more bang for your buck when it comes to extra space.


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LET’S CRUNCH THE NUMBERS

Children’s park within The Villa

5%

The mean drop in rental rates in the neighbourhood (2019 vs 2020)

residents can get a membership at the tennis courts on site. For dining options, there’s a branch of Italian food chain Oregano within the community and a five-minute drive away is the licensed Al Habtoor Polo Resort & Club. Close by there’s Arabian Ranches Golf Club – home to The Hamptons Café and Maison Mathis.

SCHOOLS

Within the community there’s the British curriculum GEMS First Point which currently goes from FS1 to year 9. A 17-minute drive away you’ve got American school Dunecrest, which takes those aged 3 to 17 years. Or for little ones, there’s Emirates British Nursery, located on a roundabout within the Aldea Courtyard.

TRANSPORT LINKS

For those who drive, The Villa is wellconnected via a few roads: the Al Ain road (E66) takes you to Downtown Dubai in 20-minutes, while the Emirates Road (611) is ideal for getting to Abu Dhabi. Plus, there’s the Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan (D54) which can take you to Dubai Investment Park in 20 minutes.

Oregano at The Villa

Meet the neighbours

Sheena Wilson has lived in The Villa for the last four years. “I won’t be leaving anytime soon because I love the peaceful lifestyle here. Being surrounded by greenery means there’s always a nice view to wake-up to. Also, all the homes seem to have been built to a high quality which you don’t always find in Dubai.”

AVERAGE COST TO RENT A VILLA

4 BED AED 161,106 5 BED AED 175,795 6 BED AED 223,684

2%

Increase in demand for rentals (2019 vs 2018)

HIGHEST PRICED SALES AED 161,106 (4 BED) AED 223,684 (6 BED)

MEDIAN HOUSE PRICE* AED 188,862 DECREASE IN PRICE SINCE 2019 -AED 9,573 bhomes.com | 55


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